This Week in Milford

March 5, 2016

Pow! Right in the All-Conference!


High school relationships in the comics (with some glaring exceptions) usually don’t last very long; in the Thorpiverse, seldom past one story arc. Spring training is already upon us so I reckon it’s time to break MaxKenzie up. This winter it’s Marjie Ducey who serves as the deus ex machina.

No matter how inappropriate or leading the question from Marjie or Marty, most Milford kids open up like flowers in springtime to them. This used to be called “free publicity” but now it’s called “establishing their brand.” Still, had Kenzie not name-dropped Max, Marjie would never have contacted him, this convo would never have happened, and Max would never have those horribly broken forearm and wrist bones.

Hoops season will soon be over, and Kenzie will have rejoined USA Rugby and left Milford behind. Sometime between scrums she’ll think back fondly of the boy who taught her the underhand free throw and say:



  1. Last year’s spring story started 6 April. About one more month of this to go …
    The time for the Milford “Star” to run a story about Kenzie was at the beginning of the season. An athlete who’s played on a national team attending our high school? Most small town papers would be all over that.
    And, one detail about how Marjie works. Maybe it was just me, but I actually did some sportswriting, and I never talked to a high school athlete without a parent or coach present.

    Comment by Philip — March 5, 2016 @ 8:42 am

  2. As far as the time of year being accurately depicted, I have had a lot of fun working with some aforementioned colleagues who are based in the vicinity of the city of Milford, Michigan, contrasting the beautiful weather of my southerly locale with the snow they’ve been coping with.

    Comment by timbuys — March 5, 2016 @ 10:38 am

  3. Milford may be “1961 with cell phones,” but timbuys is right. It’s been school policy in my region for a very long time that interviewers do not get solo access to kids.

    Comment by vaganova — March 5, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

  4. Gotta assume that vaganova is referring to Phillip… Nevertheless, I reaffirm, snowy, cruddy weather in Michigan lately and ‘California’ weather in the part of the country where I am writing this.

    Comment by timbuys — March 5, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

  5. The end does seem nigh. We get 3 panels of Max’s unhinged jabbering (“Hope you don’t mind”) and only an All Blacks Haka scowl from our Princess. Way to f* it up, Bacon.

    And it snowed up here yesterday FWIW.

    Comment by g2design — March 5, 2016 @ 8:47 pm

  6. Yes, timbuys is right. I was hasty– it was Philip’s point I referred to.

    And yes, Kenzie is clearly irritated. This seems to happen a lot in Mfnrd– I think of Amy– Amy Lange– who got out of patience with the self-important infielders. But here the problem seems not to be simply Max but Marjie Ducey as well. Nevertheless, I think some kind of slap in the balls is imminent for Maxwell.

    Comment by vaganova — March 6, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

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